Wednesday, December 5, 2018

New review of A WORLD OF HORROR by Black Static Magazine

Effusive thanks to Andy Cox and Black Static Magazine (TTA Press) for their wonderful and in-depth review of the new anthology, A WORLD OF HORROR, out from Dark Moon Books.

“When we actively seek out stories from other cultures and perspectives we are given rare access to mythologies and monsters and concepts that we might otherwise not encounter… The voices in A WORLD OF HORROR span countries and continents, and the promised diversity of perspective …  is as interesting and thought provoking as it is entertaining.”

For the full page-and-a-half review, queue here for latest issue, #66 (Nov.-Dec.) available:

I just got my copy, and the issue is overall brilliant as usual with new fiction by Ralph Robert Moore, Joanna Parypinski, Nicholas Kaufmann, non-fiction by Lynda E. Rucker, reviews by Philip Fracassi, Laura Mauro, and more!

And for more on A WORLD OF HORROR, given a Starred Review by Publishers Weekly, visit here:

Monday, November 12, 2018

November, 2018 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

November, 2018
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word)

Jack of No Trades Magazine (Nothing’s Sacred Vol. 5)
Payment: 5 cents a word
Story Length: up to 3,000 words
Deadline: November 16, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Nothing is off limits. The horror within can range from subtle to grotesque, psychological to physical, dark to full out terror so long as it is character driven.
*ALSO: Two Sentence Fiction – Just as implied, these stories are extremely short. We will consider up to three submissions per author. Pay rate $5 per story.

Moonlight: A Queer Werewolf Anthology (Publisher or Editor)
Payment: CANADIAN 7 cents a word (converts to about 5 U.S. cents)
Story Length: 1,000–3,250 words
Deadline: November 30, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown
Description: Stories and comics about queer werewolves! Whether your werewolves are in space, school, or ruffing it in the outdoors, it doesn’t matter to us! We are looking for stories that span genres and tones. Your werewolves may be moody or the life of the party. All that matters is that they are openly queer and that there is an engaging story around them to be told. (Content creators do not need to identify as queer and/or LGBT+)

Shock Totem Magazine (Former closed market that has returned)
Payment: 5 cents a word (3 cents/ word for reprints)
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: Intermittent (currently open)
Reprints?: No
Response: 3 months
Description: Original, unpublished work within the confines of dark fantasy and horror—mystery, suspense, supernatural, morbid humor, fantasy, etc.

Hidden Things: Stories of Crime and Horror (Down & Out Books)
NOTE: This is a Kickstarter-funded campaign that is expected to meet its funding goal.
Payment: 6+ cents a word
Story Length: 3,000–5,000 words
Deadline: December 15, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Stories that blend the crime and horror genres in such a way that they could easily be described as either.

Space Opera Libretti (Publisher or Editor)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 2,500–7,000 words
Deadline: December 31, 2018
Reprints?: A few may be “considered”
Response: January 15, 2019
Description: Dramatic, large-scale stories of the distant future, focused on optimism and inclusion and blowing things up. Weird mashups. Actual arias. Fat ladies singing on funeral pyres. Watery tarts distributing swords optional. Play fast and loose. No holds barred as long as it’s a tasteful treatment written with respect.

Fireside Fiction Company
Payment: 12.5 cents a word
Story Length: up to 4,000 words (flash fiction preferred)
Deadline: Open only Dec. 15–Dec. 31, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: Unknown
Description: To publish great speculative fiction storytelling, regardless of genre (ex. Neil Gaiman); unique voices.

***Non-PRO-Paying Market, but Eric J. Guignard’s “Pick of the Month”

Write Ahead / The Future Looms (Cyberpunk)
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: 750–2,500 words
Deadline: Approx. Dec. 14, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: One month
Description: Cyberpunk stories; we value stories that are experimental with regard to Narrative Techniques, yet still retain strong character and plot elements.

Vex Me No More (Horror Queen Media)
Payment: 2 cents a word
Story Length: up to 5,000 words
Deadline: December 31, 2018
Reprints?: Yes ($25 flat payment)
Response: 3 weeks
Description: Witch stories! Though they do not necessarily have to be female-centric, they do need to be tales of powerful, unique beings. Remember, this is a horror anthology, so while you can have elements of other genres, we want to be scared.

***Additional—BEST OF”

Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy (ed. John Joseph Adams)
Payment: (unknown)
Story Length: to 17,499 words
Deadline: December 31, 2018
Reprints?: Reprints only
Response: NONE, Unless Selected
Description: This is a Year’s Best compilation. Open to any Science Fiction or Fantasy story published by a North American during 2018. Volume to be published in 2019.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Advance review from Publishers Weekly for my next upcoming anthology, POP THE CLUTCH: THRILLING TALES OF ROCKABILLY, MONSTERS, AND HOT ROD HORROR

Great News this week! First advance review came in from Publishers Weekly for my next upcoming anthology as editor and publisher!!! POP THE CLUTCH: THRILLING TALES OF ROCKABILLY, MONSTERS, AND HOT ROD HORROR (Dark Moon Books)

Thanks so much to “The Bible Of The Book Business” for this! And special review highlights from PW for Kasey Lansdale and Joe R. Lansdale, Amelia Beamer, Lisa Morton, and Max Allan Collins and Matthew V. Clemens.

Although the posted date is for November publication, I had to push it back a month or two, so COMING SOON December 2018 or January 2019! Updates here:

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Giveaways and Book Signing--This Sunday in Burbank, CA!

Thanks so much to USB Memory Direct
for these super-cool promo USB thumb drives, custom-designed with the image of my fiction collection, THAT WHICH GROWS WILD (by Cemetery Dance Publications)!!! Needless to say I’m honored to be a recipient of this program as part of their 31 Days of Horror giveaway #halloween

8 GB apiece, they look great, and work great. I’ll be giving them away FREE with signed copies of the latest anthology that I’m in: Birthing Monsters: Frankenstein's Cabinet of Curiosities and Cruelties. I’ll be signing THIS SUNDAY, October 28 at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, CA from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Beautiful review of my debut fiction collection book!

A beautiful review of my debut fiction collection book, THAT WHICH GROWS WILD (Cemetery Dance Publications and edited by Norman Prentiss).

Thanks so much to reviewers everywhere in their time and thoughts in promoting and sharing work, and most especially in this case THANK YOU to Jeani Rector and The Horror Zine, who have tirelessly been publishing new fiction, books, and reviews for over a decade!

“… All of the stories in this book are consistently exciting, making it difficult to choose (the best). You don’t find that level of quality in many collections, but you do in this one.” (The Horror Zine)

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Book Review for: Occult Detective Quarterly Presents (ODQP Book 1)

REVIEWED: Occult Detective Quarterly Presents (ODQP Book 1)

EDITED BY: John Linwood Grant and Dave Brzeski
PUBLISHED: September, 2018

From the editors of OCCULT DETECTIVE QUARTERLY magazine comes a companion anthology for more and greater thrills and chills in the realm of occult detectives! These are stories that were too long for the mag, verging on novellas or novelettes each, and in this case, more is better.

Having recently just read WEIRD DETECTIVES: RECENT INVESTIGATIONS anthology (edited by Paula Guran), I happened to be looking for a source of further such stories and OCCULT DETECTIVE QUARTERLY most definitely fits the bill. Including eight original fiction stories as  well as a thoughtful in-depth 30+ page essay on the history of occult detectives, “Fighters of Fear” by Mike Ashley, and all magnificently illustrated by a selection of extremely talented artists, this anthology is a treat for fans of paranormal thrillers and crime fiction alike.

All of the stories in this book were good in their own ways, although a few stood out to me most, either to my own tastes or by the prose or subject matter. Notably, Willie Meikle and Edward M. Erdelac are both treasures of short story talent and nailed it with their tales. I’ve never read a Meikle story I didn’t like, and this one kept that stat going with “Farside,” the case of a stalker who comes by way of mirrors. The prize of the anthology however has to go to Ed Erdelac with “Conquer Comes Correct” in which a Kung Fu Vietnam Veteran takes down a practitioner of black magic.

Also most enjoyable was “Lazarus Come Forth!” by Robert Pohle a mournful tale contrasting religion and magic, set in ancient Palestine; and “A Shadow Against the Stars” by Charles R. Rutledge, wherein accompanied by a 12,000-year-old barbarian, Det. Jennifer Grail has her work cut out for her as she investigates a case where bodies mysteriously fall from the sky.

A great read throughout and well recommended.

Five out of Five stars

Available for sale on Amazon here

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

October, 2018 Dark Fiction Short Story Markets

October, 2018
New or Reopening Market Listings/ Notes
At Pro-Paying (5 cents+ per word) 

Compelling Science Fiction
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1,00010,000 words
Deadline: (open) Oct. 1Dec. 1, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: 6 weeks
Description: Online science fiction magazine focused on ‘hard’ science fiction: entertaining, scientifically plausible, self-consistent, and technically detailed when appropriate. We have a preference for ‘positive’ stories, and also open to humor.

Horror Humor anthology (Bad Dream Entertainment)
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: 1,500–8,000 words
Deadline: December 31, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: 2–4 weeks
Description: Original horror fiction with a strong sense of comedy, and most themes, subjects, and settings are welcome but standard genre tropes are definitely discouraged (vampires, zombies, werewolves, etc.). The comedic aspect can be goofy and slapstick or black and morbid, just as long as there are equal amounts of darkness and humor..

DreamForge Magazine: Future Best Issue
Payment: 6 cents a word
Story Length: up to 1,500 words
Deadline: October 31, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Any genre or sub-genre of science fiction and fantasy that meets the following three points:
1. A future with a hopeful ending.
2. A future in which humane values triumph or are strongly demonstrated.
3. A future where the protagonists struggle to improve life for others as well as themselves.

Future of Death (io9)
Payment: 50 (fifty!) cents a word
Story Length: up to 2,000 words
Deadline: October 25, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown (probably less than one month)
Description: Essays, investigations, and short fiction: Perhaps death has become a thing of the past—for some humans, at least. Maybe a newly sentient AI must decide whether to program some form of death into its universe. Whatever the premise, we’re looking for creative takes on what it means for an object or entity to cease to be. We’re most interested in futuristic and science fiction-infused tales; no gore or straight horror, please. NOTE: Assume VERY low acceptance rate on this compared to amount of interest/ submissions.

Zombies Need Brains, LLC anthologies (3 separate markets, Similar guidelines)
NOTE: These are successfully-funded Kickstarter campaigns open for public submissions.
All 3 anthologies:
Payment: 6 cents a word + Royalties
Story Length: to 7,500 words
Deadline: December 31, 2018
Reprints?: No
Response: February 28, 2019
Tone for all: Range of tones, from humorous all the way up to dark; Not looking for torture porn, nor gratuitous violence of any kind.

1. Portals
Description: Science fiction or fantasy stories that contain a portal opening up between two different worlds and the consequences that come from that portal.
2. Temporally Deactivated

Description: Stories where the author explores what the phrase “temporally deactivated” could mean with regards to a person, place, or thing.  Stories featuring more interesting takes on the twisting of time and how it is integrated into the story will receive more attention than those with more typical twisted time stories.

3. Alternate Peace

Description: Alternate history stories where the divergence from our timeline comes from some kind of peaceful change to our past.  It must explore the consequences of this divergence, not simply introduce the divergence.  Stories featuring more interesting historical settings and twists on the consequences of the peaceful divergence from our timeline will receive more attention than those with more standard changes to the course of history.

***Non-PRO-Paying Market, but Eric J. Guignard’s “Pick of the Month”

Tales from the Lake, Vol. 6 (Crystal Lake Publishing)
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: 500 to 5,000 words
Deadline: November 1st, 2018 through January 1st, 2019
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Non-themed horror, with a preference for believable, quiet horror and dark fiction with a literary bent.

Tales from the Canyons of the Damned
Payment: 3 cents a word
Story Length: 500–5,000 words
Deadline: ongoing
Reprints?: No
Response: unknown
Description: Dark Science fiction, Horror, and Slipstream. Think of the Canyons as a literary Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, or Outer Limits—it's Netflix's Black Mirror.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Amazon Giveaway for A WORLD OF HORROR!

My #AmazonGiveaway ! Enter for a chance to win a hardback edition of this critically acclaimed new release anthology: A WORLD OF HORROR.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of Oct 10, 2018 11:59 PM PDT, or when all prizes are claimed.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Hardback Editions of DARK MOON BOOKS titles now available!

Been working like a mofo, but still found some time to take my books to the next level! Figured out how to make GORGEOUS(!) HARDBACK versions of Dark Moon Books titles!

These productions include heavy cloth blinding with gold emblazoned spines and beautiful wraparound dust jackets. The first three titles are on sale now through Amazon!!!

THE FIVE SENSES OFHORROR (Hardcover ISBN-13: 9781949491043)

DARK TALES OF LOSTCIVILIZATIONS (Hardcover ISBN-13: 9781949491067)

A WORLD OF HORROR (Hardcover ISBN-13: 9781949491036)

Or, read more about the titles on my website:

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Recent Reviews of My Work!

Have received a few wonderful reviews in the past couple of days by indie review sites who make the author’s world go ’round!



KENDALL REVIEWS -- “That Which Grows Wild by Eric J Guignard collects 16 weird, dark stories with enough variety to make a chocolate box turf itself off a cliff in despair, knowing it could never provide such a tasty selection of treats.

…When you’re four stories deep into a collection and each one gives you the fuzzy feeling of satisfaction, I’d say that’s a pretty strong recommendation, but wait! Guignard isn’t done with you that quickly…

…Just buy it! Quality, variety, terror, sadness, thrills, comedy, creatures… this book really does have it all.”




A.E. SIRAKI, WRITER & REVIEWS -- “I was excited to read this short story collection by Eric J. Guignard, who is as brilliant a writer as he is an editor…

Guignard also excels at writing historical tales particularly well, such as “Momma,” which I enjoyed. One of the themes of the collection and that ran through this story was of families and desperate situations; how much they’re willing to risk to save each other, and sacrifice.

Overall, Guignard presents an excellent assortment of stories in this volume. Fans of his work should definitely check it out.”




POSTCARDS FROM A DYING WORLD -- These are beautiful books, they look amazing and the quality of the production is some of the best I have seen by a independent publisher (Dark Moon Books).

… Reading this book you get to know Kaaron Warren comes just as much from her stories as her introduction as you do the interview.

That is the thing, this is a entertaining book, the stories are great. You will learn about the author but as much as it is primer for the author it is also a great education tool for short fiction in general. Editor Eric Guignard is doing exciting stuff with this series and Dark Moon Books in general. He is one of the hardest working folks in the indie horror scene and it is paying off. His name on a book is a mark of quality. This series is just starting but in a few years I suspect these books will help a new generation of authors learn the ropes.”




FANBASE PRESS -- “A World of Horror is an anthological cultural tour in the sacred art of horror that will terrify even the most desensitized scare junkie and force them to sleep with the lights on. Parsed together by Eric J. Guignard, the collection contains delectable choices from South Africa, India, England, Australia, Japan, and many more (even the United States of America)…

…Right now, there aren’t a lot of books that can deliver on the frights like this one, but it also exposes readers to new cultures and ideas, legends and fears – a phenomenal combination that needs to be repeated often.”